Accidental Pharisees

Week 2: Matthew 9:9-13


Life Group Questions

  1. As you look at churches and Christians you personally know, are there any areas where you believe the bar needs to be raised in terms of what it means to follow Jesus? If so, what are they? What makes these things particularly important?
  2. How do you fight against exclusivity in the church? In our life group?
  3. Would you agree that, at some level, we are all “consumer” Christians? Why or why not? Is that a good thing, a bad thing, or no big deal?
  4. What makes this particular insight about exclusivity so important as you walk with God? How do you plan to respond?
  5. How does God want to grow and mature you in this area? Will you allow our group to pray for you to that end?


Sermon Scripture

Matthew 9:9-13 New International Version (NIV)

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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